List Of Writing Conferences


A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: Alabama State Poetry Societies
State: Alabama
Registration Due: None
Conf. Dates:4/19/2014 - 4/19/2014
Info:Query Barry Macks for more details on this longstanding society's spring meeting/workshop.

Title: Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference
State: Alaska
Registration Due: 5/2/14
Conf. Dates:6/13/2014 - 6/17/2014
Info:Creative literary writers' conference featuring 19 nationally-recognized novelists, poets, and nonfiction writers. Keynote speaker: Alice Sebold.
URL: Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/14/2014 - 12/1/2014
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshops
State: California
Registration Due: 4/2/14
Conf. Dates:6/21/2014 - 7/14/2014
Info:Poetry Workshops: June 21 - 28. Writers Workshops: July 7 - 14. Screenwriting: July 7 - 14. Every summer for 45 years, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers and screenwriters for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our goal is to assist writers to improve their craft and thus move them closer to publication. The Community has a competitive admissions procedure and the level of writing is high, but interested writers and poets should not hesitate to apply.
URL: Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshops

Title: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program
State: Colorado
Registration Due: Rolling
Conf. Dates:6/1/2014 - 6/28/2014
Info:The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors, and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
URL: Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program

Title: Aspen Summer Words
State: Colorado
Registration Due: 3/31/14
Conf. Dates:6/13/2014 - 6/18/2014
Info:Established in 1976, Aspen Summer Words is the place to be for anyone with a passion for the written word. Participants attend writing workshops and discussions with our award-winning faculty. Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Julia Glass, and more!
URL: Aspen Summer Words

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: 2014 Prophetic Scribal Advance
State: Georgia
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:6/18/2014 - 6/21/2014
Info:See the website for details.
URL: 2014 Prophetic Scribal Advance

Title: Write-to-Publish Conference
State: Illinois
Registration Due: 5/27/14, but walk-ins are welcome
Conf. Dates:6/4/2014 - 6/7/2014
Info:Your key to getting published in the Christian market. In addition to classes for training, meet with editors and agents and get your manuscripts evaluated.
URL: Write-to-Publish Conference

Title: Kentucky Writers Conference
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/25/2014 - 4/25/2014
Info:Free workshops on a variety of writing topics will be presented during this day-long event.
URL: Kentucky Writers Conference

Title: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: 5/15/14
Conf. Dates:6/20/2014 - 6/21/2014
Info:KCWC is an annual conference providing writers an opportunity to develop their skills and make professional connections. This year's keynote speaker is Liz Curtis Higgs.
URL: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference

Title: New England Romance Writers: Let Your Imagination Take Flight
State: Massachusetts
Registration Due: 4/25/14
Conf. Dates:5/2/2014 - 5/3/2014
Info:Keynote: BELLA ANDRE, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Self-editing with ANGELA JAMES, Executive Editor of Carina Press. Saturday Speaker: CARA MCKENNA, author of red hot romance and smart erotica. Special 2-hour Workshop – The Conflict Driven Synopsis with MADELINE HUNTER, New York Times best-selling author and two-time RITA winner. Editor and agent appointments.
URL: New England Romance Writers: Let Your Imagination Take Flight

Title: Retreat for Writers Both Fiction and Non-Fiction
State: Massachusetts
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:6/1/2014 - 7/1/2014
Info:Guest Speakers of the past include: Jill Nelson, Jessica Harris and others. Susan Kline and others will be speaking this year
URL: Retreat for Writers Both Fiction and Non-Fiction

Title: North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference
State: New Jersey
Registration Due: 5/28/14
Conf. Dates:6/3/2014 - 6/4/2014
Info:Tuesday: specialty workshops. Wednesday: full-day event. Steven James and Tom Monteleone headline the programs.
URL: North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference

Title: Writing Workshops at The Center for Fiction
State: New York
Registration Due: Varies - depending on class
Conf. Dates:1/22/2014 - 5/22/2014
Info:Every great city needs a great home for writers. Take a writing workshop this spring with award-winning writers Fiona Maazel, Terese Svoboda, Victor LaValle, and more. Workshop dates vary through this spring; contact for more information.
URL: Writing Workshops at The Center for Fiction

Title: Chautauqua Writers' Festival
State: New York
Registration Due: 5/31/14
Conf. Dates:6/12/2014 - 6/15/2014
Info:The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua will host the 11th annual Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Award-wining poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers will share their insights on the art and craft of writing in intensive workshops designed to ensure participants personalized attention. This year’s festival will feature: Carl Dennis and Malena Mörling for Poetry, Alberto Álvaro Ríos and Jaimy Gordon for Fiction, and Tom Bridwell and Patsy Sims for Nonfiction.
URL: Chautauqua Writers' Festival

Title: Colgate Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: 5/1/14
Conf. Dates:6/15/2014 - 6/21/2014
Info:Bring a story, a book in progress, some poems, or a novel, and work with us on developing narrative strategies, verse techniques, and methods of research. Publishing professionals will also be here to discuss marketplace tactics, all on the campus that the Princeton Review named America's most beautiful.
URL: Colgate Writers' Conference

Title: New York Book Festival
State: New York
Registration Due: 5/25/14
Conf. Dates:6/20/2014 - 6/21/2014
Info:The New York Book Festival spotlights books worthy of further attention from the world's publishing capital.
URL: New York Book Festival

Title: Raleigh Review Writers' Studio Workshops
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/18/2014 - 1/19/2014
Info:Workshops in Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing & Memoir. Future dates are: 3/29/14 - 3/30/14, and 4/26/14 - 4/27/14
URL: Raleigh Review Writers' Studio Workshops

Title: TAF Write Now! Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: 5/2/14
Conf. Dates:5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
Info:Our keynote speaker will be Joe Raiola, senior editor at MAD Magazine. And for the first time, we will be offering a program track specifically for fiction writers.
URL: TAF Write Now! Conference

Title: Dayton Book Expo
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 4/1/14 (for authors), none for readers
Conf. Dates:5/3/2014 - 5/3/2014
Info:For the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone, spoken word, and book signings! The event is free and open to the public.
URL: Dayton Book Expo

Title: River Teeth Nonfiction Conference
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 4/1/14 (priority deadline), 5/9/13 (final)
Conf. Dates:5/30/2014 - 6/1/2014
Info:Conference focused exclusively on the art and craft of nonfiction writing, with an emphasis on essay, memoir, and literary journalism. Featured speakers are Philip Gerard and Brenda Miller.
URL: River Teeth Conference

Title: The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops
State: Ohio
Registration Due: Jan-Apr (rolling admissions)
Conf. Dates:6/14/2014 - 6/21/2014
Info:A week-long boot camp for creative writers interested in generating new work. Workshops offered in poetry, fiction, literary hybrid, and nonfiction. Faculty includes David Baker, Linda Gregerson, Carl Phillips, Stanley Plumley, Lee K. Abbott, Caitlin Horrocks, Nancy Zafris, Gretchen Henderson, Ellen Sheffield, Rebecca McClanahan, and Dinty Moore. Workshops held on the verdant Kenyon College campus.
URL: The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops

Title: Jonathan Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 3/3/14
Conf. Dates:6/15/2014 - 6/22/2014
Info:An eight-day creative writing workshop for rising juniors and seniors in high school as well as rising college freshmen.
URL: Jonathan Reynolds Young Writers Workshop

Title: Colorado Christian Writers Conference
State: Pennsylvania
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:5/14/2014 - 5/17/2014
Info:Faculty of 63 authors, editors, and agents will present 8 continuing sessions, 62 workshops, 6 inspiring keynotes, panels, and be available for one-on-one appointments.
URL: Colorado Christian Writers Conference

Title: Pennwriters Conference
State: Pennsylvania
Registration Due: 5/16/14
Conf. Dates:5/16/2014 - 5/18/2014
Info:Keynote speaker is Kami Garcia, author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, along with top-notch agents, editors, and well-known speakers for the seminars and writing intensive workshops.
URL: Pennwriters Conference

Title: The Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers
State: Pennsylvania
Registration Due: 5/10/14
Conf. Dates:6/4/2014 - 6/9/2014
Info:Small, intensive workshops will be led by award-winning writers. This year's faculty: Stanley Plumly and Sidney Wade (poetry), Lee K. Abbott (fiction), and Rebecca McClanahan (nonfiction).
URL: The Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers

Title: Clarksville Writers Conference
State: Tennesee
Registration Due: 5/22/14 (early-bird)
Conf. Dates:6/5/2014 - 6/6/2014
Info:Join us for the tenth annual Clarksville Writers Conference, a fun, affordable, and talent-laden conference featuring two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with the authors featuring Susan Gregg Gilmore, manuscript consultations with literary agents, and more!
URL: Clarksville Writers Conference

Title: Writers Retreat Workshop
State: Texas
Registration Due: 5/6/14
Conf. Dates:5/8/2014 - 5/15/2014
Info:Your eight days of intensive learning, writing, workshops, ample one-on-one meetings with industry professionals, and making life-long memories will be held against the backdrop of a gorgeous private Texas resort. Featuring writer/editor Les Edgerton, director and instructor Jason Sitzes, and many more guests.
URL: Writers Retreat Workshop

Title: The Poetics of Work Writing Workshop
State: Vermont
Registration Due: April
Conf. Dates:4/25/2014 - 4/27/2014
Info:The Poetics of Work Salon is a cross-disciplinary opportunity that sets the stage for you to explore the creative treasures that exist between imagination and form. It's based on four working principles: 1) Narrative; 2) Authentic-Authority; 3) Voice; 4) Expansion. The topics you will explore are: 1) Writing From the Imaginative Storm; 2) From Storm to Form; 3) Reframing Perfectionism; 4) The Poetics of Work; 5) Tell Your Story; 6) The Art of Dialogue; 7) Adventures in Cyberspace; 8) Take the Mic, 9) Building Characters; 10) Capturing Inspiration. Facilitated by James Navé with special guest poet Lynne Procope.
URL: The Poetics of Work Writing Workshop

Title: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence
State: Washington
Registration Due: 9/01/13
Conf. Dates:2/1/2014 - 10/1/2014
Info:Hedgebrook hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories.
URL: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

Title: Chuckanut Writers Conference
State: Washington
Registration Due: 5/22/14 (early-bird)
Conf. Dates:6/27/2014 - 6/28/2014
Info:Now in our fourth year, we are proud to continue our mission: to profoundly inspire your writing life. In support of this mission, we’ve gathered a renowned faculty and developed a dynamic program with an unwavering commitment to excellence. Featured speakers for the 2014 conference include Bruce Barcott, Karen Finneyfrock, Thor Hanson, and Lidia Yuknavitch. We invite you to take part in this unique event, one we hope you’ll remember for years to come.
URL: Chuckanut Writers Conference

Title: Jackson Hole Writers Conference
State: Wyoming
Registration Due: 5/12/14
Conf. Dates:6/26/2014 - 6/28/2014
Info:Justin Torres, Craig Johnson, James Magnuson, Sarah Bird, Katherine Howe, and Bill Ransom are featured. Manuscript critiques make the conference unique.
URL: Jackson Hole Writers Conference

Title: Travel, Food, and Wine Writing Class
State: France
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:5/18/2014 - 5/24/2014
Info:Nicholas O'Connell, MFA, PhD, gives expert advice on travel writing and leads visits to outstanding wineries, restaurants, and places like Pont du Gard. Trip includes visit with food writer Patricia Wells.
URL: Travel, Food, and Wine Writing Class

Title: Eat-Write-Travel
State: Slovenia
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/25/2014 - 5/2/2014
Info:Whether you're polishing an existing book or beginning a new project, EWT retreats will further your goals. With an acclaimed staff in breathtaking locations, we offer intimate writing workshops, paired with travel, fine food, and fun.
URL: Eat-Write-Travel

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!